Almost 17 years ago, December 6th 1996, my daughter Kyleigh Jaber was born weighing 1 lb 9 oz. and measuring 13 inches long. All I could think of was a pound of ground beef or a footlong hotdog. She was twin baby B born 9 1/2 weeks early, suffering from IUGR (Intruterine Growth Retardation) and also was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain). After a 3 month stay in the hospital, Kyleigh was well enough to come home. She had many battles she fought as a newborn and infant. The doctors had suggested she had down syndrome or a rare chromosone disorder prior to her birth and suggested she probably wouldn't live past 3 days. After being born and surviving, she had many other complications. Three days after her first Christmas, a shunt was placed in her head to relieve the pressure of fluid on her brain. Doctors again warned me she would have many obstacles along the way and the journey would be a tough one. Let's just fast forward almost 17 years now. My daughter Kyleigh was just selected by her classmates at Mogadore High school to represent her school as Junior Homecoming Attendent this coming Friday. She is a Varsity Football and Basketball Cheerleader. She is a third year member of the Principal's Advisory Committee, a 2 year letter winner in Track, a Varsity Cross Country participant, and is currently in her 9th year as an all star competitive cheerleader at American Elite. She has been to The Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando Florida 2 years in a row and is currently training to attend again this year. I just think back to that frail little 1 and a half pound baby, and think of what I could have lost. She is a message to anyone out there that miracles do happen. I will be the proudest mom this Friday, as her dad and I lock arms with our "little peanut" and walk her across the football field. It's an honor some may take for granted. I will being saying a silent little prayer of thanks for allowing me this opportunity. My daughter's middle name has been "Perserverence," since the day she was born. I had to share my story in the hopes it may inspire someone else who thinks the path looks long and the road looks bumpy.
She will be walking across the football field next Friday...I can be contacted at 330-780-5105 Lori Jaber - I just thought it would make an appealing human interest story:)